1Joseph went to Pharaoh. He told him, “My father and brothers have come from the land of Canaan. They’ve brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own. They are now in Goshen.” 2Joseph had chosen five of his brothers to meet with Pharaoh.
3Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What do you do for a living?”
“We’re shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh. “And that’s what our fathers were.” 4They also said to him, “We’ve come to live in Egypt for a while. There isn’t enough food anywhere in Canaan. There isn’t any grass for our flocks. So please let us live in Goshen.”
5Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6The land of Egypt is open to you. Let your father and brothers live in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. Do any of them have special skills? If they do, put them in charge of my own livestock.”
7Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in to meet Pharaoh. Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing. 8Then Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”
9Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my journey through life are 130. My years have been few and hard. They aren’t as many as the years of my father and grandfather before me.” 10Jacob gave Pharaoh his blessing. Then he left him.
11So Joseph helped his father and his brothers make their homes in Egypt. He gave them property in the best part of the land, just as Pharaoh had directed him to do. That part was known as the territory of Rameses. 12Joseph also provided food for his father and brothers. He provided for them and the rest of his father’s family. He gave them enough for all their children.
Joseph Saves Many Lives
13But there wasn’t any food in the whole area. In fact, there wasn’t enough food anywhere. The people of Egypt and Canaan lost their strength because there wasn’t enough food to go around. 14Joseph collected all the money in Egypt and Canaan. People paid it to him for the grain they were buying. And Joseph brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all the Egyptians came to Joseph. They said, “Give us food. What good would it do you to watch us all die? Our money is all gone.”
16“Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “You say your money is gone. So I’ll trade you food for your livestock.” 17They brought their livestock to Joseph. He traded them food for their animals. They gave him their horses, sheep, goats, cattle and donkeys. He helped the people live through that year by trading them food for all their livestock.
18When that year was over, they came to him the next year. They said, “We can’t hide the truth from you. Our money is gone. Our livestock belongs to you. We don’t have anything left to give you except our bodies and our land. 19What good would it do you to watch us die? Why should our land be destroyed? Trade us food for ourselves and our land. Then we and our land will belong to Pharaoh. Give us some seeds so we can live and not die. We don’t want the land to become a desert.”
20So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. All the people of Egypt sold their fields. They did that because there wasn’t enough food anywhere. So the land became Pharaoh’s. 21Joseph made the people slaves from one end of Egypt to the other. 22But Joseph didn’t buy the land that belonged to the priests. They received a regular share of food from Pharaoh. They had enough food from what Pharaoh gave them. That’s why they didn’t have to sell their land.
23Joseph said to the people, “I’ve bought you and your land today for Pharaoh. So here are some seeds for you to plant in the ground. 24But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. Keep the other four-fifths for yourselves. They will be seeds for the fields. And they will be food for yourselves, your children, and the other people who live with you.”
25“You have saved our lives,” they said. “If you are pleased with us, we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”
26So Joseph made a law about land in Egypt. It’s still the law today. A fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. Only the land belonging to the priests didn’t become Pharaoh’s.
27The people of Israel lived in Egypt in the area of Goshen. They received property there. They had children and so became many.
28Jacob lived 17 years in Egypt. He lived a total of 147 years. 29The time came near for Israel to die. So he sent for his son Joseph. He said to him, “If you are pleased with me, put your hand under my thigh. Promise me that you will be kind and faithful to me. Don’t bury me in Egypt. 30When I join the members of my family who have already died, carry me out of Egypt. Bury me where they are buried.”
“I’ll do exactly as you say,” Joseph said.
31“Give me your word that you will do it,” Jacob said. So Joseph gave him his word. And Israel worshiped God as he leaned on the top of his walking stick.
1Yakob mma no bɛduruu Misraim asase so no, Yosef kɔka kyerɛɛ Farao sɛ, “Mʼagya ne me nuanom no de wɔn nnwan ne wɔn anantwie ne wɔn agyapadeɛ nyinaa firi Kanaan asase so aba, na wɔwɔ Gosen asase so”. 2Yosef yii ne nuammarima no mu baanum de wɔn kɔkyeaa Farao.
3Farao bisaa anuanom no sɛ, “Adwuma bɛn na moyɛ?”
Wɔbuaa no sɛ, “Wo nkoa yɛ nnwanhwɛfoɔ, sɛdeɛ na yɛn agyanom nso yɛ nnwanhwɛfoɔ no.” 4Anuanom no toaa so sɛ, “Yɛaba ha sɛ amamfrafoɔ a yɛrebɛtena ha kakra, ɛfiri sɛ, ɛkɔm no ano yɛ den yie wɔ Kanaan asase so hɔ, na wo nkoa nnwan nnya aduane nni. Enti, yɛresrɛ wo kwan na yɛatena Gosen asase so ha.”
5Farao ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Wʼagya ne wo nuanom aba wo nkyɛn. 6Misraim asase nyinaa hyɛ wo nsa. Ma wʼagya ne wo nuammarima baabi pa na wɔntena. Ma wɔntena Gosen asase so. Sɛ wonim wɔn mu bi a wɔwɔ mmoayɛn ho nimdeɛ a, ma wɔnhwɛ me nnwan so mma me.”
Yakob Hyira Farao
7Afei, Yosef kɔfaa nʼagya Yakob de no bɛkyiaa Farao maa Yakob hyiraa no. 8Farao bisaa Yakob sɛ, “Woadi mfeɛ ahe?”
9Yakob buaa Farao sɛ, “Madi mfeɛ ɔha ne aduasa a ɔhaw ne abɛbrɛsɛ wɔ mu. Mennuru mʼagyanom nkwanna a wɔde tenaa asase so no ho hwee.” 10Na Yakob hyiraa Farao, na ɔfirii nʼanim kɔeɛ.
11Enti, Yosef bɔɔ nʼagya ne ne nuanom no atenaseɛ wɔ Misraim asase so. Ɔmaa wɔn agyapadeɛ wɔ asase no fa baabi a ɛyɛ pa ara wɔ Rameses mansini mu, sɛdeɛ Farao hyɛeɛ no. 12Yosef maa nʼagya ne ne nuanom no aduane sɛdeɛ wɔn mma dodoɔ te.
13Na aduane nni hɔ baabiara, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɛkɔm a aba no ano ayɛ den yie. Saa ɛkɔm yi kaa Misraim ne Kanaan asase nyinaa maa emu nnipa ne mfudeɛ twintwameeɛ. 14Yosef prapraa Misraim ne Kanaan asase so sika nyinaa a ɔnya firii aduanetɔn no mu no baa Farao ahemfie. 15Ɛberɛ a nnipa a wɔwɔ Misraim ne Kanaan asase so ho sika nyinaa saeɛ no, Misraim nnipa nyinaa baa Yosef nkyɛn bɛka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Yɛn ho sika nyinaa asa, enti ma yɛn aduane nni! Adɛn enti na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛwuwu?”
16Yosef buaa wɔn sɛ, “Sɛ mo sika asa deɛ a, momfa mo nnwan ne mo anantwie mmra mmɛgye aduane.” 17Enti, wɔde wɔn mmoa no brɛɛ Yosef. Mmoa a wɔde wɔn bɛsesaa aduane no yɛ apɔnkɔ, nnwan, mpɔnkye, anantwie ne mfunumu. Saa afe no mu no, wɔde wɔn mmoa nyinaa bɛsesaa aduane.
18Afe akyiri no, Misraimfoɔ no nyinaa baa Yosef nkyɛn bɛkaa sɛ, “Yɛrentumi mfa biribiara nhinta yɛn wura. Yɛn ho sika nyinaa asa, na yɛn anantwie nso yɛ wo dea. Biribiara bio nni hɔ a yɛbɛtumi de abrɛ wo, yɛn wura, sɛ yɛn nnipadua ne yɛn nsase nko. 19Adɛn enti na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛhwere yɛn nkwa ne yɛn nsase wɔ wʼanim! Afei, ma yɛmfa yɛn nnipadua ne yɛn nsase nyinaa mmɛsesa aduane. Yɛde yɛn ho ne yɛn nsase nyinaa bɛkɔ nkoasom mu. Ma yɛn aburoo, na ɛkɔm ankum yɛn, amma asase no nso anna mpan.”
20Enti, Yosef tɔɔ Misraim nsase nyinaa maa Farao. Esiane ɛkɔm no ano den enti, Misraimfoɔ no tɔn wɔn nsase no nyinaa. Ɛyɛɛ saa maa nsase no nyinaa bɛdii Farao nsam. 21Ɛfiri Misraim tire kɔsi tire, Yosef de mu nnipa nyinaa bɛyɛɛ ne nkoa. 22Asɔfoɔ nko ara nsase na wantɔ, ɛfiri sɛ, asɔfoɔ no deɛ, na Farao atwa anoduane bi de ama wɔn. Ne saa enti na wɔn deɛ, wɔantɔn wɔn nsase no.
23Yosef ka kyerɛɛ nnipa no sɛ, “Afei a matɔ mo ne nsase de ama Farao yi, mo nso, monnye aburoo nkɔdua. 24Na sɛ aburoo no yɛ yie, na motwa a, momfa nkyɛmu enum mu baako mmrɛ Farao. Na nkyɛmu enum mu ɛnan a ɛbɛka no, mo ne mo fiefoɔ ne mo mma nni bi, na monnya bi nso a mobɛdua.”
25Wɔkaa sɛ, “Anokwa, woagye yɛn nkwa. Ka kyerɛ yɛn wura Farao sɛ, ɔnnye yɛn ntom, na yɛnyɛ nkoa.”
26Ɛnam saa asɛm yi so maa mmara a Yosef hyɛeɛ sɛ, wɔmfa asase no so nnɔbaeɛ nyinaa mu nkyɛmu enum mu baako mma Farao no da so wɔ hɔ bɛsi ɛnnɛ. Asɔfoɔ no nsase nko ara na ankɔdi Farao nsam.
Yosef Hyɛ Nʼagya Bɔ
27Israelfoɔ no bɔɔ atenaseɛ wɔ Gosen mansini a ɛwɔ Misraim asase so no so. Wɔnyaa agyapadeɛ wɔ hɔ, na wɔn ase nso dɔree yie.
28Yakob tenaa Misraim mfeɛ dunson. Ɔdii mfirinhyia ɔha ne aduanan nson ansa na ɔrewu. 29Ɛduruu sɛ Yakob rebɛwuo no, ɔfrɛɛ ne ba Yosef, ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Me ba, sɛ wodɔ me deɛ a, ka ntam di nse sɛ, wobɛyɛ me adɔeɛ, adi me nokorɛ. Sɛ mewu a, nsie me wɔ Misraim ha. 30Sɛ mewu a, momfa me mfiri Misraim ha, nkɔsie me wɔ baabi a wɔsiee me mpanimfoɔ no.”
Yosef hyɛɛ bɔ sɛ, “Mɛdi asɛm a woaka no so.”
31Yakob kaa bio sɛ, “Ka ntam kyerɛ me.” Yosef kaa ntam no, na Israel nso butuu ne poma so sɔree Onyankopɔn.